Talking Books Blog

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:24am
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone cover

In 2001, J.K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) wrote a book called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This November, the movie Fantastic Beasts opens—the first of a planned trilogy.  

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:11pm
Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

Facing forty, Benjamin Benjamin finds himself in a dingy church basement attending a class called The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, which is also the name of a poignant novel by Jonathan Evison. Benjamin has lost his home and family, and a caregiver certificate might be his only chance at finding his way back to normalcy.

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:54pm
Good Books, Good Friends

With summer coming and schools being out, remember that you do not want your child to be without books. Students who do not have books to read over vacation often suffer a downhill slide in skills. Without keeping up with their reading, they may spend that first month back at school trying to catch up on skills they haven't practiced. 

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:09pm
Blind walkers

The 9th Annual Walk with the Blind will be Saturday, April 16, at 10:00 at the City Dock in Fredericksburg. The Walk begins at City Dock and ends at Headquarters Library.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind,  this events offers the chance to get exercise, make friends, and raise money for the local chapter of the Federation of the Blind. Their chapter has grown and includes members of all ages. Come and join in the fun!

If you cannot come and wish to make a donation, please write a check payable to "NFB," and mail to Michael Kasey, 606 Lewis Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The funds are used to help the Blind become independent.  

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:59pm
The Soul of the Octopus

Years ago, I became fascinated by the writings of a young naturalist named Dian Fossey. Her writings were so intriguing because they were not just dryly scientific journalism. Dian Fossey’s background was in education instead of zoology, and she used her observational abilities to describe the world around her. She had the ability to immerse the reader in her world of gorillas.

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:27am
A Head Full of Ghosts

I really enjoy books that disturb me.  I know that is strange.  That being said, Head Full of Ghosts was one of the most disturbing novels I have read in a long time.  I just loved it!  The person telling the story is the youngest daughter in the family.  As an adult she is meeting with a writer to tell the story of her infamous family for a biography.  The older daughter, Marjorie, is having some troubling issues as a teenager that eventually prompts the father into calling the local priest for an exorcism. 

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 5:17pm
The Tragic Treasury by The Gothic Archies

We've all seen movie adaptations of our favorite books, but pop music album adaptations are far rarer. The Tragic Treasury is based on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I would go as far to say that it far surpasses the movie in terms of both quality and matching Snicket's indelible tone.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:00pm
Descriptive Video symbol

Did you know that the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has a large collection of popular descriptive videos? These are movies with audio descriptions of the actions taking place on the screen in addition to the standard audio tracks. We think you’ll be very pleased with the size and scope of this growing collection, most of which are on DVD.

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